Lev (Leo) Nikolajevitsj Tolstoj (1828–1910) was een Russische schrijver die veel invloed heeft gehad op de Russische literatuur en politiek. Uit: The diaries of Leo Tolstoy.
July 6th. Zheleznovodsk. — Rose at 6. All teeth aching,
but I proceeded to Zheleznovodsk, and, despite terrible
sufferings, uttered not a groan, nor lost my temper. Slept,
chatted with . . . [indecipherable], and played at chess.
Discussed with him the aim which I have discovered in
life. Regret that I did so. Evidently do not greatly
value this thought if I can decide to talk of, to demonstrate,
it to others. However, it is the best thing of which
I have yet thought or read. This is the truth. Am going
to bed after 11.
July 7th.—Rose at 6. Teeth were aching, and I was
conscious of great weakness. Drank the waters. The
forest is delightful. Wrote to Tatyana Alexandrovna
a letter which I shall not dispatch; also one to Nikolenka.
Must make all possible haste to complete the satire of my
Letter from the Caucasus; though satire is not natural to
me. Drank the waters, took a bath, and again caught
cold in my teeth, so that they are aching at this moment
Going to bed at 11.